SOUTH CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- The early May storms that resulted in a Federal disaster declaration for the State of West Virginia caused damage to public facilities as well as homes and businesses. Following a request by Governor Joe Manchin and damage assessments by the State and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the Federal Public Assistance program has to date, obligated more than $8.2 million in grants for debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of road systems and bridges, and parks and recreational facilities.
The dollar figure already obligated represents just 56 percent of funds available to reimburse the State and West Virginia localities the costs of restoring their public facilities and services. Additional funds will be obligated as already identified projects come on line.
"When public services are disrupted or destroyed, it's important for local governments to know there may be grants available to help get facilities operating normally," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Gregory Eaton. Public Assistance funds are administered by the State.
The West Virginia counties that were designated for Public Assistance under the Federal disaster declaration were Calhoun, Gilmer, Lewis, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Raleigh, Roane, Upshur, Wirt and Wyoming.